Portugal are beaten 2-1 by Uruguay as Cavani's brace proves critical

Portugal are beaten 2-1 by Uruguay as Cavani's brace proves critical

- Edinson Cavani scored twice to put Portugal out of the World Cup

- Uruguay set up a date with France in the quarter finals next Saturday

PSG striker Edinson Cavani scored with both of his shots on goal against Portugal as Uruguay knocked the European champions out of the World Cup. Saturday night in Sochi witnessed an open and highly exciting game.

The Round of 16 clash had been billed as a match-up between Clasico rivals Ronaldo and Suarez. However, it was Cavani who proved the most notable on the pitch.

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After just seven minutes into the game, Suarez and Cavani combined for Uruguay's first goal.

Cavani had started it with a pass across the field from close to the touchline. Suarez took a touch and sent in a cross to the box only for Cavani to react the quickest with his head to give Uruguay the lead.

Interestingly, it was Suarez's only successful pass to Cavani in the first half.

For the remainder of the first half, Portugal did much of the attacking. However, Uruguay were tight and compact in the middle of the field and at the back.

Portugal captain Ronaldo was marked tightly and he could not affect the game much in the opening half.

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But Portugal persistence paid off early on in the second half. In 55th minute, Raphael Guerreiro whipped the ball into the area from a corner. Besiktas defender Pepe eluded the Uruguayan markers to head home the equaliser.

But Portuguese joy did nit last for long after their equaliser. All Cavani needed was another sight of goal to put Uruguay back ahead.

He pounced on a pass from Rodrigo Bentancur and let go a first time curler to put the South Americans back on top.

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Tried as they did, Portugal could not equal things up again. Even the introduction of Portugal's hero against Iran, Quaresma, did little to hurt Uruguay.

Uruguay will meet France in the quarter finals next week Saturday. France earlier in the day beat Argentina 4-3 in the first of the round's games.

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